|"I'm fairly sure that's not Cromer..."|
First broadcast Oct 4 to 25 1986
Average audience for serial: 4.88m
Colin Baker (The Doctor) Born Jun 8 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Maxil in Arc of Infinity (1983)
Played: The Doctor in The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord (1984-86). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993). Colin also played the Doctor in the radio play Slipback (1985), the Jim'll Fix It sketch A Fix with Sontarans (1985) and the stage play The Ultimate Adventure (1989)
Colin made his debut in The Adventures of Don Quick (1970), followed by Roads to Freedom (1970), Cousin Bette (1971), The Moonstone (1972), The Carnforth Practice (1974), Doctors and Nurses (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), Juliet Bravo (1982), The Citadel (1983), Swallows and Amazons Forever! (1984), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993), Harry's Mad (1995), The Famous Five (1997), Jonathan Creek (1997), The Knock (1997), Sunburn (1999), Dangerfield (1999), Hollyoaks (2000), Your Mother Should Know (2006), Kingdom (2009), Hustle (2010), Shadows of a Stranger (2014) and The Mild Bunch (2015). He also enjoyed great success as the villainous Paul Merroney in The Brothers (1974-76), and in 2012 took part in I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (finishing eighth out of 12). Colin appeared in numerous fan spin-off videos through the 1990s, and since 1999 has been playing his Doctor in Big Finish's audio adventures.
Colin's first wife was the actress Liza Goddard, who appeared in Terminus (1983). Shortly before Colin took the role of the Doctor, he and his second wife Marion suffered the loss of their baby son Jack to cot death syndrome. Colin subsequently became a passionate fundraiser for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, with many of his personal appearance fees being donated to the charity. Colin was the roommate of David Troughton, son of Second Doctor Patrick, during the 1960s and later became his best man. Colin has been writing a regular column for his local newspaper the Bucks Free Press since 1995. Here he is, on Twitter!
Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown) Born Oct 11 1960
Doctor Who credits
Played: Peri Brown in Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord (1984-86). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993).
Nicola also played Peri in the BBC Radio story Slipback (1985)
Doctor Who was Nicola's first acting role, after which she was cast in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988), The Biz (1995), The 10 Percenters (1996), Animal Ark (1998), Parting Shots (1998), Casualty (2000), My Family (2009/10) and Scoop (2010). She also appeared in a number of fan spin-off videos between 1992-93, and Big Finish audios as Peri since 1999.
Nicola was encouraged to audition for the role of Peri by agent Terry Carney, who was actually first Doctor William Hartnell's son-in-law! Nicola is also a songwriter, and occasionally pops up in television commercials, such as for Nurofen. Here she is, on Twitter!
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Nicola here.
Michael appeared as the Valeyard in all 14 episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord. Michael's earliest role was in Suspense in 1962 (as "Intense Young Man"!), after which he appeared in The Power Game (1969), Solo (1970), Cromwell (1970), Macbeth (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Mr Rolls and Mr Royce (1972), Jane Eyre (1973), The Internecine Project (1974), Quiller (1975), Zulu Dawn (1979), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), Flesh and Blood (1980), Man of Letters (1984), Big Deal (1985), Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987), About Face (1989), A Bit of a Do (1989), Haggard (1990), Cluedo (1991), The Darling Buds of May (1993), Outside Edge (1995-96), Only Fools and Horses (1996), Heartburn Hotel (1998), EastEnders (2002), The Royal (2003-04/07), Albert's Memorial (2009), Tracy Beaker Returns (2011), Borgia (2014) and The Man Who Choked (2014). He also played Donald De Souza in over 80 episodes of soap Emmerdale (2007-08). Michael has reprised the role of the Valeyard twice for Big Finish audios: in 2003's He Jests at Scars... and 2013's The Trial of the Valeyard.
Lynda appeared as the Inquisitor in all 14 episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord. Born in Canada, Lynda's acting debut came with The Misfit (1971), followed by Kate (1971), A Family at War (1971), Tell Tarby (1973), A Little Bit of Wisdom (1974), The Sweeney (1975), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Doctor on the Go (1977), The Fuzz (1977), The Pink Medicine Show (1978), Mackenzie (1980), Blake's 7 (1981), Educating Marmalade (1982), Martin Chuzzlewit (1994), Reach for the Moon (2000), My Uncle Silas (2001), Devil's Gate (2003), Odd Socks (2004), Bonkers (2007), Robin Hood (2007), Mister Eleven (2009) and Too Close for Comfort (2012/14). Lynda also had recurring roles as Nurse Hilda Price in General Hospital (1972-73), Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small (1988-90), Pauline Farnell in At Home with the Braithwaites (2000-03) and Irene Radford in The Bill (2004). She also played Faith Grayshot in her own sitcom, Second Thoughts (1991-94) and its spin-off Faith in the Future (1995-98), and between 2007-2011 was a regular on the lunchtime discussion show Loose Women. In 2009 she was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, and was voted out in the fourth week.
One thing Lynda was associated with which irked her in later years was the Oxo television commercials, in which she played the mother of a family who viewers got to see grow up and develop over the course of 16 years, between 1983-99. Lynda's first husband was producer and director Greg Smith, while her son Michael Peluso also became an actor. Lynda, who was awarded an OBE for services to charitable giving in 2014, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2013 and at first was given a positive prognosis, but the cancer spread to her liver and lungs and in September 2014 announced she intended to cease treatment so that she could enjoy one last Christmas with her family before dying early in 2015. Sadly, her last wish was not to be. Just weeks before her death, she published her autobiography, There's Something I'm Dying to Tell You.
In 2014, two days after her death, Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Lynda here.
This is Your Life: Lynda was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on January 27th, 1993, surprised by host Michael Aspel on set for the sitcom Second Thoughts. Four Doctor Who actors paid tribute to her on the show - Nickolas Grace, Gareth Hunt, Peter Davison and Colin Baker, as well as director Peter Moffatt. Link to The Big Red Book entry.
Brian Blessed (King Yrcanos) Born Oct 9 1936
Hearty Brian's debut was in The Valiant (1962), after which he had roles in Ghost Squad (1963), The Christmas Tree (1966), Cold Comfort Farm (1968), The Last Valley (1971), The Trojan Women (1971), Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), Hadleigh (1973), Arthur of the Britons (1972-73), Boy Dominic (1974), Churchill's People (1974), I, Claudius (1976), The Day After Tomorrow (1976), Survivors (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), The Aphrodite Inheritance (1979), Flash Gordon (1980), The Little World of Don Camillo (1981), High Road to China (1983), The Black Adder (1983), Return to Treasure Island (1986), William Tell (1987), My Family and Other Animals (1987), War and Remembrance (1988), The Castle of Adventure (1990), Waiting for Godot (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Johnny and the Dead (1995), Kidnapped (1995), Hamlet (1996), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), The Phantom Menace (1999), The Mumbo Jumbo (2000), Alexander (2004), Back in Business (2007), Kika and Bob (2008), The Wrong Door (2008), Family Guy (2008), Little Princess (2010), Henry Hugglemonster (2013), Sooty (2013) and Banking on Mr Toad (2015). Brian also had regular roles as Porthos in The Three Musketeers and The Further Adventures of the Three Musketeers (1966-67) and PC "Fancy" Smith in over 110 episodes of Z Cars (1962-65), while he also provided the voice of the Nekross King in Wizards vs Aliens (2012-13).
Brian was part of the original London cast of musical Cats in 1981, and has attempted to climb Mount Everest three times. As an avid adventurer, he has also climbed Aconcagua in Argentina and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and is the oldest person to have reached both the geographical North Pole and the magnetic North Pole. Brian has also trekked the jungles of Venezuela, during which he survived a plane crash. Brian has also completed training to be a cosmonaut and hopes one day to visit the International Space Station. He is married to Hildegarde Neil, perhaps best known to cult TV fans as Madame Midnight in Ace of Wands. Brian's distinctive booming voice can be heard intoning "Gordon's alive!" in the 1980 Queen single Flash, and he also features on Pythia's single Army of the Damned (2009) reading Siegfried Sassoon's war poem Suicide in the Trenches. Brian's voice is also a commentary option on the TomTom satnav system. Among Brian's many other claims to fame, he once hospitalised Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi with an accidental punch while filming Tom Jones in 1997, and was asked to be the Second Doctor in 1966 but was turned down when he asked if he could make the character "Oriental". Here he is, on Twitter!
This is Your Life: Brian was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on April 4th, 1984, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews at London's Barbican Centre.
Nabil Shaban (Sil) Born Feb 12 1953
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sil in Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Born in Jordan, Nabil's acting career began playing Ben Gunn in the 1982 TV movie Walter and its 1983 sequel Walter and June, after which he took roles in Raspberry Ripple (1986), Iranian Nights (1989), City of Joy (1992), Wittgenstein (1993), Skallagrigg (1994), Slave of Dreams (1995), Children of Men (2006), Trouble Sleeping (2008) and Morticia (2009).
Nabil, who was born with the brittle bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta, founded the Graeae Theatre Company for artists with physical and sensory disabilities in 1980. He was sent to the UK as a child for treatment for his disease and as a result grew up in numerous hospitals and residential homes, with little contact with his family. Long-time Doctor Who fan Nabil sent a letter to the production team in 1974 saying he could become the new Master, and again in 1980 suggesting he could be the new Doctor! Nabil has returned to the role of Sil twice for audio adventures - 2009's Mission to Magnus (a story from the aborted Season 23 in 1986) and 2014's Antidote to Oblivion.
Christopher Ryan (Kiv) Born Jan 25 1950
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kiv in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Played: General Staal in The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008)
Played: Commander Stark in The Pandorica Opens (2010)
5ft Christopher debuted in Target (1978), then appeared in Angels (1979), Fox (1980), The Olympian Way (1981), Inside Out (1985), Happy Families (1985), Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), The New Statesman (1992), Dirty Weekend (1993), Mr Bean (1994), Health and Efficiency (1995), Melissa (1997), My Family (2001/03), Saxondale (2007), The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle (2007) and City Slacker (2012). He will be best recognised as Mike TheCoolPerson in sitcom The Young Ones (1982-84), as well as Tony Driscoll in Only Fools and Horses (1989) and Green Green Grass (2005-06/09), Dave Hedgehog in Bottom (1991-95) and Marshall in Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012).
Patrick Ryecart (Crozier) Born May 9 1952
Patrick made his earliest appearance in The Goodies (1975), then took roles in The Cedar Tree (1976-77), A Bridge Too Far (1977), My Son, My Son (1979), Silver Dream Racer (1981), The Talisman (1980-81), Dick Turpin (1981), The Professionals (1982), Jenny's War (1985), Casanova (1987), The Bretts (1988), Minder (1989), Goldeneye (1989), A Perfect Hero (1991), Prisoner of Honor (1991), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992), The Mixer (1992), Heart of Darkness (1993), Lovejoy (1994), Coming Home (1998), Nancherrow (1999), Parting Shots (1999), Holby City (2000-01), Doctors and Nurses (2004), The Lavendar List (2006), The King's Speech (2010), The Escape Artist (2013) and Poldark (2015). He also played David Woodford in The Many Wives of Patrick (1976-78), Sir Kenneth in The Talisman (1980-81), Hugo Latimer in Trainer (1991-92) and Captain Hilary Duff in The High Life (1994-95).
In 1977 Patrick married actress Marsha Fitzalan, a daughter of the late 17th Duke and dowager Duchess of Norfolk, in Westminster Cathedral. They divorced in 1995. Marsha is best known for playing Sarah B'Stard in The New Statesman.
Alibe Parsons (Matrona Kani) Born Dec 21 1945
American-born Alibe made her name playing Sarah Gant in Gangsters (1976-78), then took roles in Space: 1999 (1977), The Bitch (1979), The Sender (1982), Bergerac (1983), The Brief (1984), Lovejoy (1986), Biggles (1986), Aliens (1986), Dogfood Dan and the Carmarthen Cowboy (1988), Laura and Disorder (1989), Spatz (1991), Full Stretch (1993), Coronation Street (1993), Melissa (1997), Soul Patrol (2000), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Waking the Dead (2004), The Crouches (2005), Inside the Twin Towers (2006), Incendiary (2008) and Casualty (1990/94/2008/11).
Trevor Laird (Frax) Born Jul 11 1957
Thomas Branch (The Lukoser)
Thomas's only other credits are Needle (1990) and Birds of a Feather (1991).
Gordon Warnecke (Tuza) Born Aug 24 1962
Gordon made his debut, and quite a name for himself, as one of the leads in the film My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), then appeared in Young Toscanini (1988), Birds of a Feather (1989), Only Fools and Horses (1990), The Pleasure Principle (1992), A Fatal Inversion (1992), Virtual Murder (1992), Dreamchild (1994), Brookside (1995), Exitz (2007), Looking for You (2010) and Puppy Love (2014). He had a recurring role as Hanif Kurtha in Boon (1986).
Richard Henry (Mentor) Died 2012
Richard made his debut in The Breaking of Colonel Keyser (1972), then Full House (1972), Oil Strike North (1975), Second Verdict (1976), Danger UXB (1979), Juliet Bravo (1983), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Rockcliffe's Babies (1987), The Bill (1988), Without a Clue (1988) and Love Street (1994).
Philip Martin (writer) Born 1938
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Philip's television writing career stems back to 1970 when he began penning scripts for Z Cars, after which he also worked on New Scotland Yard (1972), Gangsters (1975/78), Shoestring (1979), Star Cops (1987), Tandoori Nights (1987), Virtual Murder (1992), The Good Guys (1993), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1997-98) and Doctors (2007).
Philip's unused script for Season 23 before it became The Trial of a Time Lord was Mission to Magnus featuring Sil and the Ice Warriors, which he novelised for Target in 1990 and which was adapted into an audio adventure by Big Finish in 2009. Philip also wrote the Big Finish story The Creed of the Kromon (2004). Philip also wrote a Doctor Who make your own adventure book in 1986 called Invasion of the Ormazoids. Philip's writing techniques on Gangsters (which he occasionally acted on as various minor characters) were featured on the Open University study list at one point.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Philip here.
Ron Jones (director) Aug 6 1945 to Jul 9 1993
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Black Orchid (1982), Time-Flight (1982), Arc of Infinity (1983), Frontios (1984), Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Starting out as production manager on Bergerac in 1981, Ron's few other directing credits include Juliet Bravo (1985), the German soap Lindenstraße (1987-88) and the TV movie Burg Wutzenstein (1988). In the 1970s Ron worked as a researcher and writer on the children's show Blue Peter.
John Nathan-Turner (producer) Aug 12 1947 to May 1 2002 (liver failure)
Doctor Who credits
Floor assistant: The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Assistant floor manager: The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Production unit manager: Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast) (1977-80)
Produced: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, K-9 & Company, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1980-89), plus Dimensions in Time (1993)
Wrote: Dimensions in Time (1993)
John started out as an assistant floor manager on Doctor Who, and also worked as a production assistant on programmes such as The Pallisers (1974), Barlow (1975) and How Green Was My Valley (1975-76). He soon graduated to become production unit manager on Doctor Who, as well as on series such as All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80) and Flesh and Blood (1980). After Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989, John maintained his links to the series by producing a number of special video releases, such as The Years Tapes which included various single episodes from partly lost 1960s stories, as well as the 1992 release of Shada.
John's long-time partner was Gary Downie, who acted as production manager on some of the 1980s serials. In the 2013 book The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, author Richard Marson alleges that John and partner Gary "preyed" sexually on young male teenage Doctor Who fans. The gay age of consent in the 1980s was 21.
Eric Saward (script editor) Born Dec 9 1944
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Castrovalva, Kinda, Black Orchid, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord (1982-86)
Wrote: The Visitation (1982), Earthshock (1983), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited), Revelation of the Daleks (1985). He also wrote the BBC Radio story Slipback (1985), and the Jim'll Fix It sketch A Fix with Sontarans (1985)
In the 1960s Eric worked for a time as an estate agent before training to become an English teacher, but around 1975 decided to go into writing, and wrote a number of radio plays before being approached to get involved with Doctor Who. Since leaving the series (acrimoniously) in 1986, Eric has continued to write mainly radio scripts, often for German radio.